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What is the Meaning of being a Classical Scholar in the context of Everyday Life in Thailand?


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Here is Herodotus.  Yet, who was he?

 

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He wore robes.

 

He was an historian.

 

Even after almost 2500 years, he is remembered.

 

He wrote in the Ionian dialect.

 

He was a traveler, similar to Marco Polo.

 

He was an early novelist who wrote prose before anyone imagined doing so.

 

Herodotus, the great story teller, would have done well here.

 

We are Herodotus, one can say.

 

Our postings are no more, nor any less, than the gifts of Herodotus who went before us.

 

We all have our critics:   

 

"In 425 BC, which is about the time that Herodotus is thought by many scholars to have died, the Athenian comic dramatist Aristophanes created The Acharnians, in which he blames the Peloponnesian War on the abduction of some prostitutes – a mocking reference to Herodotus, who reported the Persians' account of their wars with Greece, beginning with the rapes of the mythical heroines Io, Europa, Medea, and Helen."

 

Fast forwarding another 2500 years, whom among us does not doubt that our postings here will surely survive?

 

If the Internet survives, than so shall we.

 

There is always the Wayback Machine, which will be stored in ice, along with the seeds we plant, today, in Norway...

 

 

 

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49 minutes ago, zzaa09 said:

No related context or meaning to the Orient. 

 

 

Next.....

As one who is a dyed-in-the-wool Orientalist, after over 40 years, then maybe I have gained some feeling for what is related to the Orient, and what is not.

 

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Have fun trying to decide how to read this bone fragment.

 

And, let us not forget that....much of the culture here where you now live was heavily influenced by the culture written in this piece of bone.  OK?

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14 minutes ago, GammaGlobulin said:

As one who is a dyed-in-the-wool Orientalist, after over 40 years, then maybe I have gained some feeling for what is related to the Orient, and what is not.

 

Shang_dynasty_inscribed_scapula.thumb.jpg.c38556b62be0c14e150e4563ad3bd28c.jpg

 

Have fun trying to decide how to read this bone fragment.

 

And, let us not forget that....much of the culture here where you now live was heavily influenced by the culture written in this piece of bone.  OK?

It's all Oriental influence.

 

 

Next...

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4 hours ago, GammaGlobulin said:

Who do you think is the real Isaac Barrow of SE Asia, for example?

 

And, who does not love a nice portrait?

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Barrow looks like me.

 

Rosy cheeks, and a wonderful brain.

 

I could have, like Barrow, taught Newton a thing or two, I guess.

 

Not gay.

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7 hours ago, zzaa09 said:

It's all Oriental influence.

 

 

Next...

Studies have shown that the cradle of life was in Africa.

All peoples came from there.

So ... it is all African influence, not Asian at all

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2 hours ago, seedy said:

Studies have shown that the cradle of life was in Africa.

All peoples came from there.

So ... it is all African influence, not Asian at all

There's other research that suggest just the opposite. 

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